I Fell In Love On The Road Back To Your House

I Fell In Love On The Road Back To Your House

I think I don't really care about falling in love myself, but I like to watch people fall in love — and not just romantic love.
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To my best friend,

I think I don't really care about falling in love myself, 'cause it makes people crazy — all that adrenaline and surge of hormones? But I like watching people fall in love — not just romantic love but love as in friendships or closeness with one's parents. I like watching those relationships develop over time, taking mental snapshots of the sweet moments like they're just as precious to me as they are to the people in it.

Like the way my father yelps at my brother be careful with the knife when he hastily sacrifices a chicken, the way your mom gets a fond, exasperated look on her face when she gives into watching whatever your little sister wants to show her, or the way the girl at the bus stop leans her head against her best friend's shoulder resting against the bench and how her friend doesn't think twice to lift her arm and wrap it around the other's shoulder.

How the professor striding up the stairs bumps into another professor on the way down, and the two recognize each other, grin widely and quickly make plans to meet before hurrying off to class, or the way the blond guy exiting his lab class doesn't care what anyone may think as he launches himself straight into his best friend's arms and whines about three failed trials, and his best friend just ruffles his hair, grips his arm and cheers, "Time for a coffee break!" in a silly voice till the blond lab guy is helplessly smiling wide, eyes crinkling at the corners.

I like how people are thoughtful in the little and big ways, those brief moments that end up meaning a lot unaware of the affectionate look on their face as they just gaze at their loved ones patiently, half-amused and utterly, blissfully, wonderfully content. Time slows down, and I hold my breath, keeping silent during those soft moments when he pushes a lock of her hair back, when she bursts out laughing hunched over the lunch table, when they jostle each other in the halls waiting for class to start or flash quirked brows halfway across a silent classroom. I stare and drink in the emanating love, because they look quite at ease. Because in that moment, there's no next thing to check off the list and nothing to look around searchingly for. There's no hesitance, self-conscious pause or question kept to oneself — rather it's instinctual, natural and quite lovely.

I watch people live in these moments when I'm alone.

When I'm struggling with a chemistry problem on the computer at the bottom floor of the library and glance up at those around me, or when I'm eating lunch in my car before driving home so I don't fall asleep at the wheel, I observe. I don't feel lonely particularly, I don't compare myself on my own to their pairs and groups of friends clustered close together.

I see something beautiful unfolding.

And I wonder, when my mom makes me pancakes for late Wednesday morning breakfasts, when my dad pokes his head in my room after work to say salam, when my siblings glance up and grin at me whenever they find something funny on their Facebook feed, if that's the moment.

Or the way you and I will sit talking for hours, sneaking out of your house at 8 p.m. for Bruster's with the squad of friends when you finally come home, if that's the expression I'll have on my face as I look at you sitting in the driver's seat, a smile tugging at the corners of your lips when Iram shouts something stupid from the backseat, and there's a moment of silence before we all burst out laughing our heads off at a red light on the road back to your house.

I wonder, if I look up at the rear view mirror, will I finally catch that expression blossoming across my face?

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100 Of The Best Vines Of All Time

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Not to be dramatic, but the Vine app was the best thing to ever happen to me.

The Vine app truly understood me and my extremely odd sense of humor. When it was shut down, I felt like a part of me shut down with it. Luckily, I still have the ability to reflect on the good times that I had with Vine. Although there aren't any new Vine videos keeping my spirit alive, the Vine videos from the past are enough to keep me going.

This is way overdue, but here are the 100 best Vines to ever exist (in no particular order).

1. You better stop.

2. Come get y'all juice.

3. WTF is up Kyle.

4. That is NOT correct.

5. Mr. Postman.

6. Good evening.

7. This is your space, this is your area.

8. Honestly not sure what to title this one, but it's great so.

9. Someone help Elmo.

10. Pst...what?

11. Can I get a waffle?

12. Welcome back to Jesus Christ Hotline.

13. Oooooh, my boy going to school.

14. Lebron James.

15. #1 Dad.

16. Two bros chillin' in the hot tub.

17. Iz the fourth of July.

18. You have to say that you're fine and you're not really fine.

19. Tweaka Tweaka.

20. Hi, welcome to Chili's.

21. What up, I'm Jared.

22. If you wanna be a dog, RUFF.

23. When you think you look fresh, but your fish disagrees.

24. Rat in Walmart.

25. I'm dying... without me?

26. White ppl will turn anything into a casserole.

27. So you just gonna bring me a birthday gift on my birthday to my birthday party on my birthday with a birthday gift.

28. You want a french fry? Eat a french fry.

29. ifyoulikemakingloveatmidnight.

30. Ms. Keisha.

31. Girl you're thicker than a bowl of oatmeal.

32. My cinnamon apple.

33. Two shots of vodka.

34. Whoever threw that paper.

35. Wow.

36. Do the math.

37. Rip your face off.

38. Fed up teacher.

39. You can't kill me.

40. Look at me now snake.

41. Walking a duck.

42. No matter when you pause this one, it's hilarious.

43. I don't even understand this one.

44. I dropped my hot pocket.

45. I thought you were American.

46. I can't swim.

47. I wanna be a cowboy.

48. I look like Mona Lisa.

49. Look at this graph.

50. Yungman.

51. Squidward dabbing

52. Living with Nicholas Cage.

53. If Tinder had video profiles.

54. Why you always lying.

55. Chicken wing ch-chi-chicken wing.

56. Uh my chicle.

57. Love the Nickleback version.

58. Any excuse to nae nae.

59. I want to be famous.

60. That's my opinion.

61. There she goes.

62. I have to restart my potatoes.

63. And they don't stop coming.

64. Cat horn.

65. Who is she.

66. The bob.

67. Summertime.

68. Do I look like.

69. Nice Ron.

70. Mom hearing 'Only' by Nicki Minaj for the first time.

71. Happy fourth of July.

72. I'm washing me and my clothes.

73. Nickel the creatorback.

74. Give me your money.

75. U stoopid.

76. Shrek at school.

77. Patricia honey can you be quiet.

78. No baby.

79. You've got a big storm coming.

80. Out shopping with my coven.

81. Extreme makeover home edition.

82. They were roommates.

83. White girl trying to remember the day she was born.

84. xoxo, gossip girl.

85. Big time rush.

86. Scared grandma throwing milk.

87. Suicide fairy.

88. Zoey 101 microwave.

89. When you leave your makeup on after a night out.

90. Crazy skateboarding tricks.

91. Noodle head.

92. Under all that makeup.

93. Marriage goals.

94. Boy putting on lipstick.

95. When you walk past your friend's class.

96. Clear elevator jamming.

97. #RunningManChallenge

98. T-T-T-T-Target.

99. We all have a lot of laughs.

100. High school musical.

Honestly, I still can think of 100 more of the greatest vines of all time... but I guess I should stop now.

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I Made Emma Chamberlain's Mediocre Vegan Cookies, And They're Pretty Incredible

Emma and her vegan cookies have made their way into my heart, and are here to stay.

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One day, I went down the black hole that is 'YouTube at 3 am' and discovered my favorite social media influencer of all time: Emma Chamberlain. I started binge watching her videos every night for about a week, where I came across her "Cooking With Emma" series. I decided that I wanted to give her vegan antics a go for myself.

I've never cooked or baked anything with the intention of it being vegan, so not only is that new territory for me, but I've never even eaten a vegan cookie. The only reason I'm doing this is because Emma did, and she is aesthetic goals.

To start the journey of vegan baking, I took to Pinterest, just like Emma, and found this recipe to use. Although the video that inspired all of this used a gluten free recipe, I opted for only vegan, because I'm allergic to most of the ingredients that make things gluten-free.


In true Emma style, I used a whisk to combine the wet ingredients together, making sure to use her special technique.


Then, I did the same thing with the dry ingredients.


After that, I dumped everything together and combined all of the ingredients.


Once they were combined, I chopped up a vegan chocolate bar, because Emma and I like chocolate chunk cookies, not chocolate chip, there's a difference.


Now that everything is combined, I made balls of dough and stuck it on a pan, and baked them while I binged more Emma, because what else would I be doing in my spare time?



The recipe said to make the balls a lot smaller, but we aren't perfect, so I made them gigantic. In my head, I thought the worst thing that could happen was it turn into one big cookie, but that's a whole other video you need to watch.

I took them out of the oven, and they were brown on the top, but still a little doughy. At this point I was tired of waiting and eager to eat them, so I disappointingly set them aside to cool, which only lasted a minute or so before I snagged one up to try.



The taste was definitely one I've never associated with cookies, and came to the conclusion that if I decided to go vegan, it would be doable with these cookies and Emma Chamberlain by my side.



Emma inspired me to get out of my comfort zone, which is a reoccurring theme throughout her channel, and I'm happy to be apart of it. She taught me that even if mediocre cookies is all you have, eat them with pride because you made them yourself.

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